I’m thankful to the Lord every day for his word and for the saints whose actions are recorded in it, setting the example for me in how I should conduct myself. Although I’m not even close to being in the same class as the apostle Paul, it’s something I strive toward. I admire how he approached his ministry. He had no interest in doing things halfway. He refused to stumble through his responsibilities in a half-stepping manner. Romans 15:29 gives us a hint about the mentality he had when he executed his works as Christ’s ambassador for the church’s benefit–

 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

speakers-at-maximumPaul was ready, willing, and able with a sense of godly confidence and expectancy to minister to the saints in Rome with his Holy Spirit gauge set to full blast. He felt that they should get every single blessing of the gospel of Christ that he had to offer. As Christians, they had experienced the gospel’s love, mercy, salvation, light, and guidance–which were among the foundational principles to get them started in their relationship with the Father through Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life. But there was much more to be had. And Paul was eager to help them out with obtaining it.

His statement here in v. 29 toward the end of his epistle was a reminder of what he had expressed in the beginning of his epistle in Romans 1:11–

For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established…

As he desired with all the churches, Paul was anticipating a full-blast outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s multi-faceted works to be manifested among the saints in Rome with his teaching. He expected them to receive and operate with manifold gifts, whether it was a word of knowledge, word of wisdom, gift of helps, prophecy, or the miracle gifts. This is what he considered to be “fully preach[ing] the gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:18,19).

However, in order to reach his goal of visiting the saints at Rome to share the fullness of these blessings for their mutual benefit, he knew it hinged on one thing–the prayers of the saints. Paul knew the road on his trip to Rome had a stop in Jerusalem where people were conspiring against him, so he solicited the prayers of the saints in Rome “to strive together with him” so he could eventually visit them with all the anticipated blessings (Romans 15:30-32). The unleashing of the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ had to be a team effort in order for the whole team to reap the benefits.

Can you imagine what would happen among the saints today if we approached our ministries consistently with the same confidence Paul did? What would happen if we knew (without a doubt and without any selfish ulterior motives) that the execution of our ministries with prayers would bring about a full blast blessing of the gospel of Christ?

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